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Ground-Penetrating Radar

Maverick’s Primary Subsurface Technology

Ground-penetrating Radar (GPR) is the flagship technology in Maverick’s Subsurface Division. GPR is the science of penetrating the subsurface with radio waves in order to gather information about underground features and facilities.


From Edmonton Alberta, Maverick has been performing GPR services in Western Canada since 2001, on all types of sites for all industries. We have a wide range of systems, not limited to one manufacturer, frequency, make, model, generation, or deployment platform. Every GPR system has strengths and weaknesses, and experience and training is required to select the right option, or even combine multiple frequencies or deploy complementary technologies.

Maverick's Ground-penetrating Radar department carries multiple frequencies, makes, models, and deployment methods.

We have the experience and training required for diligent equipment selection, data gathering, software analysis, reporting, and communication of results. We maintain the qualifications and requirements to access the most secure and demanding sites and facilities. With Maverick you are not paying for an untested, eager entrepreneur with a new hardhat and a supposedly user-friendly system fresh out of the box. You are purchasing access to a team of expertise dedicated to providing results.

From Edmonton Alberta Maverick deploys multiple subsurface investigation technologies to complement Ground-penetrating Radar (GPR).

Maverick’s commitment to safety, quality, and reliability extends beyond training, experience, and data gathering procedures. Our team includes an Electronic Technologist with a decade of experience testing, calibrating, maintaining, and repairing remote sensing geoscientific equipment on a component level.

Maverick's Ground-penetrating Radar (GPR) division works with other departments to provide more information.

Maverick uses a range of application-specific analysis software systems and methods. We create georeferenced mapping and modeling. We understand our clients’ specific data requirements, and we provide reliable results that engineering, geophysical, construction, inspection and other professionals trust.

Data from Ground-penetrating Radar (GPR) investigations can be provided to Maverick's clients in a variety of formats.

In addition to Ground-penetrating Radar, Maverick deploys subsurface technology such as Magnetometry, EM Profiling, Seismic, Conductivity, Resistivity, and Acoustics.



  • Concrete scans to locate and map out conduits, post-tension cables, rebar, and other features prior to cutting or coring
  • Mapping out structural steel, concrete thickness, and other structural elements for engineering studies
  • Underslab void and saturation mapping
  • Utility locates
  • Archeology & forensics support
  • Cemetery and First Nations burial site mapping
  • Mapping out subsurface features and conditions prior to critical crane lifts
  • Contamination plume mapping when other technologies cannot be deployed effectively
  • Locating of underground storage tanks
  • Gathering data for gravel and placer mining exploration
  • Sub-bottom profiling of lakes, ponds, peat, etc.
  • Ice road thickness studies
  • Asphalt thickness studies

Ground-penetrating Radar (GPR) can be performed in many locations, requiring specialised vehicles and equipment.



GPR is different from both of these imaging methods. X-ray is actually Radiography, which uses a radioactive source, and requires site evacuations and other risk factors. Ultrasound uses mechanical sound waves to image conductive materials in high detail. GPR uses radio waves, similar to a cordless phone to locate objects within various surfaces.

XRAY or Radiography involves exposing a film to a radioactive source.

For a more detailed explanation of the differences between X-ray (industrial radiography) and GPR (ground-penetrating radar) read our PDF document entitled GPR vs XRAY.

GPR replaces Xray for concrete scans.

If there is a situation where Ground Penetrating Radar does not appear to be as effective as desired for any reason, and x-ray is deemed more applicable for the application, Maverick Inspection will inform you. Maverick has a good working relationship with x-ray providers, and understands the benefits and limitations of both technologies. There have even been job-sites in the past where neither technology alone could provide adequate information, and they have been used together to tackle complex inspection scenarios.


Would You Like More Information?

Call or email us. We are always happy to discuss your inspection scenarios. We can come out to your site for a presentation such as a lunch-and-learn or an information session crafted for your facility and challenges. You will always get an actual person when you phone Maverick, and a technician with the specific expertise you require will contact you ASAP to talk to you in person.

You can also check out our Case Studies and our GPR Application pages for Construction, Engineering, Industrial, and Archaeological examples.